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Field Center at Penn Identifies Risk Factors Making Homeless Youth Vulnerable to Sex Trafficking
April 19, 2017
The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania joined forces with Covenant House, an agency dedicated to helping homeless youth, and Loyola University’s Modern Slavery Research Project to conduct a first-of-its-kind study on the prevalence of human trafficking among homeless youth.
Invitation to Cover: Managing Cell and Human Identity
April 13, 2017
Genetic, stem cell, and reproductive technologies that have the capability to fundamentally change our cells is challenging what is means to be human. Correcting underlying mutations to cure human genetic disorders; reprogramming skin cells to other cell types to one day inject back into a person, or manipulating the genes of a sperm cell or egg to eliminate a sex-linked mutation are all current examples of these techniques that spur social, ethical, and moral questions.
Penn Study: Clinical Trial Shows Benefit of Yoga for Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment
April 6, 2017
Men who attended a structured yoga class twice a week during prostate cancer radiation treatment reported less fatigue and better sexual and urinary function than those who didn’t, according to a clinical trial led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. It is the first randomized trial to look at the effect of twice-weekly yoga on the side-effects and quality of life issues caused by prostate cancer treatment. The results published this week in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics.
Two at Penn Honored by National Minority Quality Forum
April 6, 2017
Two members of the University of Pennsylvania community have been named recipients of the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award, recognizing young minority thought leaders who are working to reduce health-care disparities.    
Penn Nursing, Medicine Collaborate to Improve Post-surgical Pain Management in China
April 4, 2017
Between 60 and 70 percent of patients who undergo a thoracotomy, or a surgical incision into the chest wall, experience some sort of long-term, post-surgical pain. So that patient population was a natural fit for a study focused on pain management, lead by the University of Pennsylvania and taking place at Peking Union Medical College Hospital and Peking University People’s Hospital in China.
Penn Researchers Use New Imaging to Show Key Enzyme in Ovarian Cancer
April 3, 2017
 new imaging test may provide the ability to identify ovarian cancer patients who are candidates for an emerging treatment that targets a key enzyme cancer cells need to survive. Currently, epithelial ovarian cancer patients with BRCA1 mutations are considered candidates for the treatment, but there is no method to measure the enzyme levels to help guide treatment choices.
Two Penn Physicians Awarded SU2C Immuno-Oncology Innovative Research Grants
April 3, 2017
Two doctors in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded Immuno-Oncology Innovative Research Grants (IRG) by Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C). Michael Farwell, MD, an assistant professor of Radiology, and Gregory L. Beatty, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of Hematology Oncology, and are two of just 10 researchers to receive these grants. They’ll each receive $750,000 over the course of three years to support projects that investigate strategies to broaden the effectiveness of immunotherapy in cancer.
Mathematical Models Lend Penn Vet Professor Insights Into Diabetes
March 30, 2017
For a trove of examples of the rich outcomes of interdisciplinary work, look no further than Darko Stefanovski’s research portfolio.
Link between Common Prostate Cancer Treatment, Dementia Detailed in New Penn Study
March 30, 2017
A new analysis of patients who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer shows a connection between androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) – a testosterone-lowering therapy and a common treatment for the disease – and dementia, according to researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Their previous studies have shown men who undergo ADT may be at an increased risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, compared to men who were not treated with the therapy.